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Daiya vs Follow Your Heart vegan cheese

Hi Sassy, I see that your recipes indicate that you use Follow Your Heart Cheese like in your Layered Tortilla Pie. Have you tried using Daiya Mozzarella or Cheddar? Whole Foods carries it and it is really, really good. I like it so much better than any of the soy cheeses I have tried. What is your opinion on it?

Roseville Ca


Sassy Sez: Hi Diane! You are correct, some of the vegan cheeses on the market are yucky. Most of my site was built before Daiya made their cheese available to the retail customer. So I have always used Follow Your Heart and learned how to work with it.

In my opinion, there are pros and cons to using each of these cheeses:

Daiya is the most like dairy cheese as far as how it melts, stretches, and tastes. Cons are that is it quite expensive, and as someone once said (perhaps Vegan Dad?) that he found it to be "goopy" once melted. I couldn't agree more.

Follow Your Heart has a flavor that tends to be on the light side. It DOES melt, but I have found (at least at this point in time) that in order for it to melt it must not be directly exposed to the heat of the oven. In other words, if you have it under another layer, it will melt very nicely. It is a little spendy as well, as most mock animal products are, but not as expensive as Daiya.

So what do I recommend? It's really hard to say. It depends on the mood I'm in and the dish I'm making, the flavor and textures I am going for.

I actually learned to make my own cheese years ago thanks to Joanne Stepaniak and her wonderful Uncheese Cookbook. They are so easy, very healthy, and inexpensive to make. It's what I opt for when I have the time. ;O)

I also recommend you learn how to make your own sauce to replicated that smooth smooth and creamy something you likely love about cheese.

Hope this helps. :O) xo

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A Real Cheese Lover
by: Julie

Ok, so I have been following a Vegan for years! I was obsessed with pizza and that was the hardest thing to give up when I finally decided to go full vegan. I have tried every vegan cheese I could get my hands on and the Daiya I finally tried a few months ago! All I know is that I absolutely DID NOT like the taste of their cheeses! The only ones I have liked( or tolerated) was the Follw Your Heart Mozzarella and Monterey Jack flavors!!

Vegan cheeses.
by: Shay

I was a vegan for 5 years and then went back to being a vegetarian for the last 3 years. I finally decided to go back to being a vegan a little over a month ago(the hardest thing to give up again was cheese). Now when I was a vegan before, Daiya had just came out and I loved it. But I really liked most of the mock cheeses(FYH was a fav) because I couldn't remember what cheese tasted like anyway. But this time around I can only stand Follow Your Heart. I actually enjoy it more than real reg cheese.

Follow Your Heart Rocks :)
by: Sassy

I concur, Shay. I much prefer Follow Your Heart. One might need more keen taste buds to enjoy it, but it has "teeth" to it. Versus Daiya which is perfect for new vegans and their tastebuds (which haven't acclimated to less salt and oil just yet), but is a little weak and wimpy. :)

by: Rebecca M

How funny we're all Follow Your Heart lovers. There is a local pizza place that is primarily non-vegetarian but because there's such a large vegan/natural health/alternative community here, they offer Daiya, tempeh, and BBQ tofu for toppings. It's the only place I'll get Daiya. For home use, I always get Follow Your Heart or Go Veggie's vegan slices.

Follow Your Heart Slices
by: Ami-Kate

I got a GREAT "hack" for using Diaya shreds, from Vegan Yak Attack and then customized it to my own.
Depending on how "deep" I want the cheese flavor, I add or subtract amounts, add Nutritional Yeast and vary fresh herbs and spices.
Taking 1/2 cup of Cashews soaked in hot water for 15 minutes or more and adding 1/2 cup of shreds, either all cheddar, or a mix of different flavors, water or nut milk and blend. It instantly makes a very creamy and cheesy sauce. Then add flavors to match your dish. I use it for nachos, pizza, veggies, dip, sauce, or filling.
Let me know what you think!
Follow Your Heart just came out with Slices and they are AMAZING! I can't stop making grilled, or toasted cheese and jalapeño sourdough sandos!!!!!!

FYH Cheese is Disgusting
by: Anonymous

I am newly Vegan and FYH Cheddar cheese shreds is the first Vegan cheese I have tried... it tastes like play doh and leaves a bad after taste I have not tried to melt it because whether its melted or not the taste alone is disgusting. I do not know how people say this is good...must be vegans who forgot how real cheese tastes. If all of the Vegan cheeses taste this disgusting I might become a vegetarian instead...seriously.

I can understand...
by: Sassy

lol! I really do understand what you mean. When I first tried the non-dairy cheeses out there I found them fairly disgusting. It's true, longer term vegans DO lose their taste for that incredibly salty and greasy flavor of dairy cheese. I know I did!

If you are just starting out with non-dairy cheese I recommend Daiya. It's going to be the closest to what you're used to. I have also found Follow Your Heart Provolone slices to be tasty.

If you REALLY want to go vegan, but you don't like these non-dairy cheeses then I recommend removing any and all cheese from your life completely for 3-6 months. You'd be surprised how much you don't need cheese. You can have cheeseless pizza, burritos, etc.

THEN come on back to the non-dairy cheeses and see what you think. I have a feeling you'll appreciate them more.

Another option if you have the time is to make your own cheese. Artisan Vegan Cheese is an excellent vegan cheese-making book.

Hope this helps. :) xo!

vegan cheese
by: Anonymous

Vegan cheeses have come a long way! Daiya is pretty good, but I really love making my own cheese. Its pretty simple! Cashews are a vegans best friend:) I haven't tried Follow your heart cheese yet.
If you are really craving some awesome cheese, but don't feel like making it, try Treeline Cashew cheeses.

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